The Gateway Pacific Terminal will be a multi-commodity cargo-handling facility for dry bulk commodities, such as grain, potash, and coal. The terminal is designed to handle a variety of commodities, which allows us to adjust to future market changes and ensures the terminal’s long-term viability.
The site at Cherry Point, Washington is in an area designated for industrial use, and includes around 1,500 acres, with development occurring on about one-quarter of the site.
The site’s proximity to naturally deep water – about 80 feet – will accommodate vessels up to 250,000 dead weight tons, known as “capesize” ships. The 2,980-foot long wharf, which will feature berths for three ships, will be linked to the shore by a 1,250 foot trestle that will move cargo to or from the ships in enclosed conveyor systems. Onshore facilities will include commodity storage, rail lines, warehouses, and administrative offices. The site is served by existing industrial utilities.
Large quantities of commodities can be stored on the site, meaning ships can be loaded immediately, rather than wait for cargo to be delivered. The terminal will be served by the BNSF Railway, which spans the Northern Tier and Midwest from Washington to Illinois.